City Living: Sheepshead Bay
Like many neighborhoods around New York City, Sheepshead Bay is no stranger to diversity or change.
The middle-class neighborhood located in southern Brooklyn boasts a melting pot of cultures from Russian and Turkish to Chinese and Italian.
But it is also unique for its generational range.
This isnt an area where youll only see young moms pushing strollers, explained Theresa Scavo, a life-long resident. If you come here on a Saturday night, youll see people from all walks of life and youll see young families alongside older people whove been here their whole lives.
Scavo, who chairs Community Board 15, recalled the Sheepshead Bay she grew up in. The neighborhood was known then for its vibrant fishing industry, which many residents relied on make ends meet.
Fishing was everything. Youd come here and theyd be selling fresh fish that was just caught at the waterfront, she said.
While fishing is no longer done out of necessity to survive, it still remains a popular activity along the waterfront, which spans Emmons Avenue from Knapp Street to 15th Street.
The dock is currently filled with boats that offer commercial fishing trips. It is home to dinner and charter cruises, and a string of waterfront restaurants line Emmons Avenue.
It has changed just like every other place in New York City but it has always been a place to walk by the waterfront, have dinner and enjoy the vista, Scavo said.
Sheepshead Bay (called The Bay by locals) is named after the body of water which is located on its southern tip. The bay takes its name from the Sheepshead Fish, an edible species once found there but that no longer inhabits the area.
Though the nabe is slowly changing, remnants of its past linger. A number of long-time establishments have remained strong throughout the years. Places like Jordans Lobster Dock and Brennan and Carr both of which opened in 1938, and Randazzos Clam Bar are frequented by old and new residents as well as tourists.
In spite of the presence of chain restaurants and retail stores, Sheepshead Bay also boasts many small businesses. A walk down any of the main avenues like Emmons, Ocean or Avenue U will take you by thriving family-owned businesses, many of whom have managed to open up shop again after Hurricane Sandys aftermath a testament to the neighborhoods resilience.
According to Real Estate Broker Peter Bacarella at Brooklyns Scenic View Real Estate, The Bays ethnic makeup has become more diverse in recent years with Chinese, Turks and Russians moving in. New families, young professionals and retirees are also attracted to the area, he said.
When houses go on the market here they sell quickly, he said, noting that most of the homes come with driveways, garages, and backyards. But people dont often change homes every five years here; they settle here.
New condominium developments along corridors like Emmons, Voorhies and Ocean Avenues, as well as East 24th Street, are making up for the low inventory of houses for sale, he said.
It’s bounded by Coney Island Avenue or Ocean Parkway to the west, depending on who you talk to. The angled eastern boundary includes Nostrand Avenue, Gerritsen Avenue and Knapp Street. To the north it’s bounded by Avenue R and to the south by Emmons Avenue (past the Belt Parkway.) More »
B,Q to Sheepshead Bay; Q to Neck Rd.; Q to Ave U; B,Q to Kings Hwy. More »
B1 to Kingsboro Community College; B2 to Avenue R; B3 to Avenue U; B4 to Sheepshead Bay More »
The Sheepshead Bay branch is located at 2636 E.14th St. at Ave. Z. More »
The Sheepshead Bay branch is located at 2628 East 18th St. More »